COVID-19 Update and Resources 6/8 - 6/12

COVID-19 PA Updates
PA saw 2,928 new cases since last Friday, bringing the total case count to 77,313 (includes confirmed and probable cases) in all 67 PA counties. View a breakdown of cases by region, county, gender, ethnicity, etc. here.  

News


  • 12 additional counties go green today. In total, 46 counties are in the green phase and 21 are in the yellow phase. Read more.

AAP Advocacy Win for Pediatricians - Provider Relief Fund Portal OPEN  
New Provider Relief Funding: Your Questions Answered

Last night, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)  launched an  online portal  for pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgeons to apply for financial relief from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. 

This has been a major focus of the Academy's advocacy since the pandemic began. Pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgeons can now apply for approximately $15 billion of total funding available to physicians who see patients on Medicaid and CHIP. 

To help you navigate this process, learn whether you're eligible, how to apply and more, AAP created this  FAQ page Information is evolving in real time from HHS, and updates will be shared as quickly as we can.

These funds are  NOT  first come, first served, so you don't need to apply right away, but it's best to start preparing now to make sure you can take advantage of the opportunity.

Our collective advocacy work to ensure adequate financial relief for pediatricians continues. The national AAP is working with HHS to resolve any technical or unintentional challenges facing pediatricians applying for these funds. At the same time, strong advocacy will continue to ensure our members are not needlessly excluded, including those who do not take any Medicaid or CHIP and those who received any payments from the prior rounds of Medicare funding, no matter how small.

As you apply, please stay in touch with through  covid-19@aap.org  and share any questions or concerns you encounter. AAP plans to engage with HHS to improve the application experience and resolve policy issues. Please keep checking back as we will update the AAP's  FAQ page   regularly with new information. 

Thank you to the AAP for your for tremendous leadership and tenacity, and to all who supported these efforts.

Other News from the AAP
  • AAP Guidance on Camp Attendance for Families and Pediatricians - Read more.

Call to Action
Let's join our partners at the PA Health Access Network and urge our lawmakers in Washington to take action to ensure Pennsylvania is not forced to make cuts to critical programs like Medicaid & CHIP during the pandemic.  Click here to learn more and contact your senators.
Webinars
Weekly Pediatric Community Forum
Due to the growing need for up-to-date information and communication, PA AAP is has been offering a modified version of our "Let's Talk" webinar series to our members on a weekly basis, every Wednesday from 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET. Beginning in June, we will now offer these webinars on a bi-weekly basis as we shift gears to focus on recommendations and strategies around re-opening the state.
Up Next:
"Type 1 Diabetes: Updates in the time of the COVID19 Pandemic"
Save the date: Wednesday, June 17th at 8 pm. Look for details on Monday.


VIEW PREVIOUS SESSIONS:

Recorded 6/10/20
“Lessons for Oral Health Care in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Potential for Problems and Opportunities”
Thomas J. Maroon, MD, C Eve J Kimball, MD, FAAP, Angela M. Stout, DMD, MPH,
Kelly Curtin, MD, FAAP

RECORDED 6/3/20
"Multisystem Inflammatory Disorder"
Edward M. Berhrens, MD, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Zachary Aldewereld, MD- UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
View Recording - (Apologies for the technical issues!)


RECORDED 5/27/20
“Invisible in the Time of COVID-19 – What Pediatricians in Pennsylvania can do to Support Latino Communities”
Diego Chaves-Gnecco, MD, MPH, FAAP-, Johanna Vidal-Phelan, MD, MBA, FAAP and Rita Guevara, MD, FAAP
RECORDED 5/20/20
“COVID-19 Impact on Food Security”
Mary Ann Rigas, MD, FAAP & Clancy Cash Harrison, MS, RDN, FAND
RECORDED 5/13/20
"Overview of Child Physical Abuse During COVID-19"
Norrell Atkinson, MD, MPH, FAAP
You can find the full list of recorded webinars here
Please visit our website at www.paaap.org for more resources and information on COVID-19 for Pennsylvania pediatric providers. We are doing our best to maintain up-to-date information as it becomes available.
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